Billions of taxpayer baht will help two million Thais travel and subsidize five million hotel stays in a bid to rebuild domestic travel under a plan approved by the cabinet today.
Discounts of up to 40% for transportation and accommodation will be given out starting in July to citizens 20 and up with Krung Thai bank accounts via the bank’s application.
Overall, THB22.4 billion was allocated for the tourism stimulus plan by the finance and tourism ministries, which will be used to fund the program through October.
Medical workers and volunteers on the front lines of combating the COVID-19 outbreak will get a thank you in the form of THB2,000 per person for travel booked through an agent.
Every other Thai national can seek reimbursement for 40% of transportation and accommodation expenses. The travel subsidy will be capped at THB1,000 and be limited to about two million people. It will cover domestic flights, interprovincial buses, and car rentals.
The government will also pay for 40% of overnight stays – capped at THB3,000 per night – for the first five million eligible nights. The place of stay must be outside one’s province.
Travel into the company remains forbidden for now. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said they are still considering which countries to partner in creating “travel bubbles,” citing New Zealand, China and Singapore as countries where the outbreak is under control.